24 killed in South African bus crash

May 5, 2010 12:00 am

, JOHANNESBURG, May 5 – At least 24 people died and 15 others were badly injured when a bus overturned in South Africa on Wednesday, emergency services said.

"We have been informed that some of those (killed) were children, but we don\’t know their age and how many," Department of Community Safety spokesman Xenophone Wentzel told AFP.

The accident happened in the Western Cape province near the town of Worcester, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) northwest of Cape Town.

"The driver lost control of the bus, it then went through a barrier, overturned and then landed in the opposite direction it was travelling," Wentzel said. "There was no other vehicle involved."

"We have 15 people who have been taken to hospital via ambulances or helicopters… The driver is one of the people taken to hospital for injuries," Wentzel added.

South Africa is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for drivers, with around 16,000 people killed on its roads every year, or an average of 45 a day.


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